NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the 12th
inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 4-to-3 victory over the
Marcus Giles put Atlanta ahead with a solo shot in the top of
But Jorge Sosa (2-10) walked Jason Giambi with one out.
Rodriguez, mired in a 2-for-20 slump, then drove a 3-1 pitch way
over the left-field fence for his 16th home run.
Ron Villone (1-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the
12th to keep New York within one. Jason Giambi homered earlier for
the Yankees, and Rodriguez finished with three RBI's.
Giles hit his fifth home run on a 3-2 pitch from Scott Proctor,
but the struggling Braves dropped two of three in the series to
fall to 5-and-21 in June.
What began as a pitchers' duel between Atlanta's John Smoltz and
New York's Chien-Ming Wang turned into a battle of the bullpens --
a weakness all season for the Braves.
Smoltz came out after seven innings leading 2-to-1. Giambi tied
the score for New York in the eighth with his 23rd homer on the
first pitch he saw from Ken Ray. It was the sixth time the Braves'
bullpen has blown a lead in games started by Smoltz.
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